Power and Legitimacy in Technical Communication: Strategies for Professional Status

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In Strategies for Professional Status, Volume II of Power and Legitimacy in Technical Communication, the contributors—well-known academics and practitioners in technical communications—set out to redefine and reconceive the role of the technical communicator. The chapters in this volume challenge some of our contemporary notions about what it means to be a technical communicator, so that practitioners might gain the power and status necessary to make decisions and to function in a socially and ethically responsible manner.

The contributors thus look to the future of the discipline, to the constraints and concerns of the technical communicator in the 21st century. An introduction to the volume provides both an overview of the issues covered and a context for the analyses.

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What People Are Saying

Jane Erskine
The authors collect work by academics and practitioners in technical communications who seek to redefine the role of the technical communicator. Authors challenge contemporary notions on what it means to be a technical communicator and propose strategies in the arenas of curriculum, research, philosophy, and social interventions for achieving greater authority and influence in the field. An introduction provides an overview of the issues covered and a context for the analyses. The book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in technical and business communication. (Jane Erskine, Editor, Book News Inc.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895032478
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Teresa Kynell-Hunt is a professor of English at Northern Michigan University and has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University. She is currently chair of the NCTE Committee on Technical and Scientific Communication and serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. She is the author of a variety of articles in the field and the book, Writing in a Milieu of Utility: The Move to Technical Communication in American Engineering Programs, 1850-1950. With Michael Moran (University of Georgia) she co-edited the collection, Three Keys to the Past: The History of Technical Communication. With Wendy Stone she wrote the text Scenarios for Technical Communication: Critical Thinking and Writing.

Gerald J. Savage has a Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University and is an associate professor in the English Department at Illinois State University, where he teaches technical communication and technical editing. He is co-editor with Dale L. Sullivan of Writing a Professional Life: Stories of Technical Communicators On and Off the Job. He has published articles on technical communication in Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Business and Technical Communication.

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Table of Contents



INTRODUCTION Creating Strategies for Status in Technical Communication Gerald J. Savage


CHAPTER 1 Technical Communication from 1850-1950: Where Have We Been? Teresa Kynell-Hunt

CHAPTER 2 Returning to Our Roots: Gaining Power through the Culture of Engagement Elizabeth Tebeaux

CHAPTER 3 Points of Reference Contributing to the Professionalization of Technical Communication Elizabeth Overman Smith


CHAPTER 4 Shaping the Future of Our Profession Marjorie T. Davis

CHAPTER 5 Reconfiguring the Professor-Practitioner Relationship Louise Rehling

CHAPTER 6 (Deeply) Sustainable Programs, Sustainable Cultures, Sustainable Selves: Essaying Growth in Technical Communication Robert R. Johnson


CHAPTER 7 Toward a Definition of Best Practices in Policy Discourse Carolyn D. Rude

CHAPTER 8 Critical Interpretive Research in Technical Communication: Issues of Power and Legitimacy Nancy Roundy Blyler

CHAPTER 9 Tricksters, Fools, and Sophists: Technical Communication as Postmodern Rhetoric Gerald J. Savage

CHAPTER 10 Technical Communication in the 21st Century: Where Are We Going? M. Jimmie Killingsworth



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